Beach Volleyball

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is now open!

Although the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, at Wembley, we have been hard at work planning a great summer camp season for our members!

This year, camp will run from June 1 through August 6 with a focused theme each week. In addition to regularly scheduled camp programing; all our campers have the option of participating in additional tennis lessons and joining in the summer swim team.   

Busy families also have the option of opting in to use the the before and after-care facilities that will also be staffed by our camp counselors. 

Capacity this year is limited once more due to the ongoing pandemic, register today! 

Wembley on cover of Club Business International

Wembley in Club Business International

The article about Wembley in Club Business International is a great celebration of a dream come true. I would just like to thank everyone who made it possible.  The evolution of Wembley from a troubled, and mostly abandoned facility in 2014, to a vibrant center of exercise and friendships in 2021 happened through the love and effort of amazing members and staff.

The Beginning

From the beginning of the journey, it has always been the goal to build the most positive, and spirited atmosphere.  Every hire for the staff has been made with the determination to have the most friendly, and welcoming club.  In the beginning, we quickly promoted our future stars Ali Hively, Garry Tyson, and Michelle Scacchi to take on club leadership positions.  In the early years, we grew due to the charisma of the staff, even while the facility was still in need of much improvement.  I am extremely proud that the same key people continue to put their imprint on the Wembley atmosphere.

Later years

As the years have moved on, new club leaders have elevated us to outstanding levels of positivity and success.  Colleen Ryan and Katie Allan have the rare ability to impact every corner of Wembley with their incredible versatility and ability across the entire spectrum of Wembley activities.  The acceleration of Wembley’s facility and programming are in direct correlation to Colleen and Katie’s leadership over the last couple years.

The development of our fitness program is a true jaw dropper. We went from 7 classes per week, to 54 classes filled with love and good vibes.  We are fortunate to have the same kind of spirited leadership with our tennis and pickleball pros.  Our team of Dre Mick, Sherif Abohabaga, Ben Slade, and Robert Golsmith fulfill that vision of positivity.  Heather Horschler and Laura Bursee continue that customer-focused friendly and skilled instruction in the pool.

The Heroes Behind the Scenes

Our behind the scenes heroes are also a huge part of Wembley’s ascension.  Kelly’s unwavering support through every stage of the journey has been incredible.  I am not sure how many wives would have been so willing for her husband to abandon a successful career to take on a dream.  Trevor, Bob, Ira, Larry, and Tino have been instrumental in improving the facility, which has been a big challenge from day one.  Kathy gives us great reliability and stability in the front office.  The Wembley 2021 team is the foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to work with such great people every day!

I am enormously grateful for our members, who feel more like family.  It still amazes me when I think back to 2014. So many special members that endured all of the tribulations, and continued to support the club.  To the investors who believed in our potential, and helped us to move on the path to success, thank you.  And to all of the members who have joined over the years, you have made Wembley the best place for the combination of exercise, and friendships.  I have visited many dozens of clubs all through the Midwest, and northeast. I can say with certainty that there is not a single club anywhere that matches our camaraderie, and fun spirit.  You have created something truly unique, and I am so proud to be a part of it.

-David Barr

When you have a chance, please take a few minutes to check out the article about Wembley in Club Business International.

Wembley on cover of Club Business International

Want to learn more about the club? Check out the rest of our website!

Junior tennis Tournament

New USTA Tournament Format

A new year brings many things, but when it comes to Junior Tournaments, it brings a whole new software, and a new tournament format. Tournaments were previously found on “TennisLink,” but if you have tried signing up for tournaments before, you know how it was not user-friendly. Studies through the USTA found that parents had so much trouble, they would sign up for one tournament, then never sign up again. We are trying to grow the game, and that does the exact opposite. In late December, the USTA introduced Serve Tennis. If you have not yet used the program, you are in for a surprise! This program is so easy to use! Along with the new software, the USTA is using a new level format, along with a new point system. 

Tournament Levels

The USTA has gone back and forth with their tournament levels through the years. Previously, they used 7 Levels, then in 2017, they went down to 5 Levels. Now, they are going back to 7 Levels. Here is the breakdown of levels:

  • L7 Tournaments – Open Intermediate Sectional Events: 1-day event; 2-match minimum, 4-match maximum. These events are open to anyone. If there is a limited draw, a bottom-up selection process will be used for this level, which means players with no ranking will be selected first. The 12U division will offer green and yellow ball events. 
  • L6 Tournaments – Open Intermediate Sectional Events: Up to 3-day events; 2-match minimum, 4-match maximum, and open to anyone.  Selection process for this level is based on ranking.
  • L5 Tournaments – Open Advanced/Intermediate Sectional Events: Up to 3-day events; non-elimination and open to anyone. Up to 36 L5 events will be sanctioned in the Eastern section. Selection process for this level is based on ranking.
  • L4 Tournaments –  L4 Closed Super Six Events , L4 Closed Empire Cup Doubles , L4 Closed Mixed Dubs and L4 Intra-team competition: Up to 4-day events; Open and Closed events, with Closed events limited to Eastern section players. Selection process for this level is based on ranking.
  • L3 Tournaments- National L3, L3 Closed Super Six Events, L3 Closed Empire Cup Doubles and L3 Closed Mixed Dubs: 3+ days National or section events; L3 tournaments will be Closed events limited to Eastern section players. Selection process for this level is based on ranking.
  • L2 Tournaments -National L2 and Section/Intersectional Team Competition: 3+ day National events. Selection process for this level is based on ranking.
  • L1 Tournaments – National Championships, National Team Events and selected ITF events 4+ day National events. Selection process for this level is based on ranking.

*Bullet points via USTA.com*

Level 6 vs. Level 7: What’s the Difference?

Previously, the most common question was, “What is the difference between a Level 4, and Level 5?” Now, it will be, “What is the difference between a Level 6, and Level 7?”

Level 7

Level 7 tournaments are for the kids who have never played in tournaments before. They are just one day, and typically take a few hours. The kids typically play multiple rounds of a shortened set against the other kids in the division. They are meant to introduce players to the tournament atmosphere without the pressure of playing through a draw. Lastly, most directors do not have a winner.  L7s are for making players feel comfortable in the tournament atmosphere. Not only that, but L7s are also for the parents. It is much easier for parents to commit to a few hours in the afternoon one day, than to commit to a whole weekend! The players do need to know how to keep score.

For more information on L7s, click here!

Level 6

With that being said, if your child has played tennis at school, but has never played a tournament, I always recommend a Level 6. Typically the players are mostly intermediate players (but some more advanced players do sign up depending on the sign up). In a L6, players are put into a draw. They take 1-2 days to complete (depending how much a player wins/loses). Players are always guaranteed 2 matches, but that could be the most they play – unlike a L7 where it is equal play.

In general, everyone in a division is placed into a draw. If you win the first match, you continue to the next round, but if you lose the next match you are done. On the contrary, If you lose your first match, you are placed in the consolation draw. Continuing through, you may play more matches, but it is the same as the main draw, the next match you lose, you’re out. 

Tournament Format

In addition to the new level format, the USTA announced they will be going to a universal point system. Previously, earning points was often extremely inconvenient, and sometimes unfair. Someone in Northeast Ohio was not allowed to drive 2.5 hours to Pittsburg, so they would have to drive all the way to Wisconsin. In turn, parents used to drive further, and spend more money. Again, we are trying to grow the game; making parents spend money money definitely does not encourage that! Also, some tournaments offered more points, which was completely unfair. Now, it does not matter where you go, a tournament offers the same amount of points.

Want to learn more about the levels, and the new point system? Click here!

Serve Tennis

Now let’s get into signing up for tournaments. Never before has it been this easy to sign up for a junior tournament.

First, go to usta.com.

usta homepage

Next, hover over “Play,” then click on “Tournaments.”

USTA Tournaments

You will then be redirected to the Serve Tennis program.

Serve tennis

From there, you have many options. You can choose to search by level, location, date, etc.

This is an exciting new era to the USTA/Junior level tennis. As influencers in the tennis industry, it is our job to grow the game. As a result, this new format, along with Serve Tennis will do just that. Get out there, and play!

Click here to see all of the tennis options we have at Wembley!

Why Tennis/Court Shoes and Cycling Shoes?

We all have several different pairs of shoes to go with outfits and for particular seasons- so why would we think one shoe would work for all sporting and exercise needs? Each shoe is designed specific to each sport or activity based on needs for stability, traction, weight, and safety.

Tennis Court Shoes

Court shoes are critical for the games of tennis, pickleball, and paddleball. A tennis shoe has more stability than a shock absorbing running shoe, this is designed to specifically protect quick lateral movement performed on a tennis court. While it is nice to have the cushion in a shoe the stability and lateral protection of a shoe in this sport is more important. A court shoe is considered worn out when the outsole is worn, or the bottom is smooth.

Cycling Shoes

Cycling shoes are not required, but will give you a much safer, and more powerful ride. The clips on the sole of the shoe provide proper alignment and avoid slipping reducing the risk for ankle, knee and hip injuries. The rigid sole of a cycling shoe protects your arch and increases the force and transfer of power more efficiently from your body to the pedal. There are a wide variety of options available to choose from and the cost of a cycling shoe does not need to be astronomical. A cycling shoe lasts a long time, from time to time the clips may need to be replaced. The Wembley Club’s bikes use SPD clips.

Cross Training Shoes are great versatile shoes for strength training, bootcamp and other fitness classes. A traditional running shoe acceptable for classes because of it’s great shock absorption and weight qualities, however, the stability is less than a cross training shoe.

Suggested Shoes:

Women’s Court Shoe

Men’s Court Shoe

Women’s Cycling Shoes

Men’s Cycling Shoe

Cycling Cleats

**It is best to measure your feet for shoes when your feet are swollen. During exercise your feet will swell, if you measure at time when there is less water retention in your feet it will provide discomfort during your activity.

If you every have questions regarding proper footwear please do not ever hesitate to ask a pro or trainer at the club.

Keep moving at your best!!

Wembley’s Racquet Services

Dre, Director of Tennis, at The Wembley Club offers racquet services to you! If you need a new racquet, need a racquet re-strung or re-gripped-contact Dre!

$25- Restring (w/ your string)
$35-$45- Restring (w/ our string)
$5- New or Regripping
$5- Dampeners

Contact Dre: dre@wembleyclub.com or (216) 376-9552

racquet services

Pool Information for 2020

Here is all of our pool information for 2020. As the season goes on, these guidelines may change.

Please help us maintain a safe environment for all Members by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • “Pods” are set up and separated by 8-10 feet. Please do not move chairs or tables.
  • Please congregate with members of your household OR groups no larger than 10 people in the water or on the pool deck.
  • Noodles and kickboards are available and given out to anyone that asks the lifeguard. Please do not obtain your own from any of the bins. Please do not stand on the kickboards as they can slip and injure another Member.
  • Umbrellas may be opened or shut according to the preference of the member that is using the pod. To allow for minimal contact please ask a lifeguard to assist you. 
  • Do not run while on the pool deck.
  • No horseplay in or on the pool deck; this includes chicken fights, throwing another member into the air, lifting another member above the shoulder or anything that can potentially injure another Member.
  • Please ensure all children and adults rinse off any sand thoroughly prior to returning to the pool from the sand areas.
  • If you have questions or need more information on anything—Please ask, we are her to help you, our valued Member, feel safe while enjoying the pool!

The following capacities due to the COVID-19 will be adhered to at this time. Based on our square footage of both the pool and the deck CDC guidelines permit 130 members in the pool and 250 on the surrounding concrete pool deck areas. As a precaution we have set our capacity lower to ensure the safety of our Members.

Pool Capacity

80 Members

Pool Deck Capacity

225 Members

Here is our pool schedule for the summer!

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Pool Opens to all Swimmers at 9:00 AMLap Swim 6:00-7:30 AMLap Swim 6:00-7:30 AMLap Swim 6:00-7:30 AMLap Swim 6:00-7:30 AMLap Swim 6:00-7:30 AMPool Opens to all Swimmers 9:00 AM
Pool closes at 6:00 PM; Final rest period at 5:45 PM, must be off deck at 6:00 PMPool Opens to all swimmers 8:00 AMPool Opens to all Swimmers 8:00 AMPool Opens to all Swimmers 8:00 AMPool Opens to all Swimmers 8:00 AMPool Opens to all Swimmers 8:00 AMAqua Aerobics 9:00-10:00 AM; Aqua Aerobics 5:30-6:30 PM; Part of Deep End Closed
Aqua Aerobics 8:30-9:30 AM Deep End Closed OffAqua Aerobics 8:30-9:30 AM; Deep End Closed OffAqua Aerobics 8:30-9:30 AM; Deep End Closed OffAqua Aerobics 8:30-9:30 AM; Deep End Closed OffAqua Aerobics 8:30-9:30 AM; Deep End Closed OffPool Closes at 7:00 PM; Final Rest Period 6:45 PM; Members must leave pool deck by 7:00 PM
Swim Team Session 2: 8:30-9:30 AMSwim Team Session 2: 8:30-9:30 AMSwim Team Session 2: 8:30-9:30 AMSwim Team Session 2: 8:30-9:30 AMSwim Team Session 2: 8:30-9:30 AM
Swim Team Session 3: 9:30-10:30 AMSwim Team Session 3: 9:30-10:30 AMSwim Team Session 3: 9:30-10:30 AMSwim Team Session 3: 9:30-10:30 AMSwim Team Session 3: 9:30-10:30 AM
Swim Team Session 4: 10:30-11:30 AMSwim Team Session 4: 10:30-11:30 AMSwim Team Session 4: 10:30-11:30 AMSwim Team Session 4: 10:30-11:30 AMSwim Team Session 4: 10:30-11:30 AM
Swim Team Session 5 6:00-7:00 PMGuppies 2: 11:30am-12:00pmSwim Team Session 5: 6:00-7:00 PMAqua Aerobics 5:30-6:30 PM; Part of Deep End ClosedSwim Team Session 5: 6:00-7:00 PM
Pool Closes at 8:00 PM; Final Rest Period at 7:45; Members must leave pool deck by 8:00 PMAqua Aerobics 5:30pm-6:30pm; Part of Deep End ClosedPool Closes at 8:00 PM; Final Rest Period 7:45 PM; Members must leave pool deck by 8:00 PMSwim Team Session 5: 6:00-7:00 PMPool Closes at 8:00 PM; Final Rest Period 7:45 PM; Members must leave pool deck by 8:00 PM
Swim Team Session 5: 6:00pm-7:00pmPool Closes at 8:00 PM; Final Rest Period 7:45 PM; Members must leave pool deck by 8:00 PM

Pool Closes at 8:00 PM; Final Rest Period 7:45 PM; Members must leave pool deck by 8:00 PM 

Your Healthy Spaces Cleaning at Wembley

Here at Wembley, we are committed to your safety. We are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to cleanliness, that is why we are introducing Your Healthy Spaces.

Along with all of the daily cleaning protocols we have in place, we have committed to 6 months of Your Healthy Spaces coming to the club. Their chemicals are proven to kill 99.99% of germs that come into contact with the surface it is sprayed on. For more information, check out their website!

Here is a video from their treatment on Thursday, May 29th:

Here are some pictures from their treatment on May 29th:

  

To see all of the guidelines we have in place, check out this blog!

5 Benefits of Barre Workouts

5 benefits of Barre workouts:

  1. Strength, definition, and elongated muscles are achieved through targeting muscle groups from all angles.  Barre focuses on muscles you use everyday, as well as, underused and underdeveloped muscled.
  2. Endurance is gained through a combination of isometric and isotonic movements.  Isometric movements, the poses you hold such as a plank.  Isotonic movements strengthen your cardiovascular system.
  3. Flexibility is gained throughout a barre class with fluid movement and stretching.  Increased flexibility helps in such areas as back pain.
  4. Posture is focused on throughout an entire barre class, core muscles are contracted throughout the class.  Stand taller and be proud!
  5. Mind-body connection is so important in our daily lives and is highly focused on in a barre routine.  Focusing on the body’s muscle and movement provides a more effective workout and balance heading into your day or evening.

Enjoy one of Jessica’s Barre classes here:

Barre and many other classes are offered at The Wembley Club.  Find a class that interests you!
Interested in more classes? Check out our fitness page!
Check out our YouTube for more videos!

Step it With This Great Step Aerobics Routine!

Krista Nightwine will lead you through a fun 20 minute old school step aerobics routine with a modern fitness twist.  This is a great aerobic activity to do at home or at the gym.  If you do not have a step you can draw or tape the lines of a step on your floor (40″L, 16″W).
Krista teaches Boxing, Cardio Blast, HIIT, TRX, Bootcamp and much more at Wembley!  Join her for Virtual Boxing on Wedensday mornings at 6am and Sunday mornings at 9:35am, no boxing bag required for the class!
Interested in more classes? Check out our fitness page!
Check out our YouTube for more videos!

Different Tennis Hitting Stances

There are a few different hitting stances when it comes to tennis. When a teaching pro introduces someone to tennis, they always start with turning the student sideways to hit the ball. This is the most basic way to hit a ball, mostly because you will have the most control hitting this way. This is called the “closed stance.” (pictured below; Ben with our tiny tots)

As players progress, hitting in the closed stance 100% of the time becomes more difficult. You will use the closed stance when you are moving forward into the court. Aside from that, if you are in a match and your opponent is hitting the ball very hard, there might not be enough time to turn sideways. So what do you do then? This is where the “semi-open” and “open” stances come into play.

Semi-Open Stance

The semi-open stance is used quite often in tennis. Most people do not have the time to get into a completely closed stance in the middle of a point because of how fast the game has become. In this day and age, tennis is so fast. People are hitting bigger and faster balls than they used to. With this, were have adjusted how we hit the ball. The semi-closed stance is one way. This stance gives you the balance needed to hit the ball, but also helps you adjust to speed of the balls coming.

Open Stance

The open stance should be a last resort. This stance should only be used when you are either on the run, or have a ball hit at you so fast that you cannot turn. It is very hard to be balanced when you hit with the open stance. Along with this, it is hard to fully use your hips to hit the ball.

In this YouTube video, Sherif gives a detailed analysis of the different tennis hitting stances. He talks about each stance, and when each one should be used.

Interested in taking lessons? Contact The Wembley Club at (440)543-8171 or dave@wembleyclub.com!

Want to learn more about our pros? Click here!

Want to know how to get more involved in our tennis programs? Click here!